It has been awhile since I last published blog posts about football, particularly because Arsenal hasn’t been doing very well for themselves in the league and I have no reason to toot the horn for them. Then again, the other teams haven’t been doing very well lately either.
But this is not why I’m here.
I noticed that over the weekend alone were three teams playing with ten men. Three teams who used to be the top three in the Premier League eons ago, and now they have ended up with one man short on the field.
Liverpool went up against Crystal Palace with hopes of yet another back-to-back victory. It was a goalless first half, but their hopes were dashed further when Jon Ledley opened the scoring for Palace after half time. Eventually, the Reds climbed back up with a Roberto Firmino goal but before that, they had James Milner sent off for a red carded offence. Christian Benteke wrapped up the game with a last-gasp penalty. Not bad for a team who played the rest of the match with ten men.
Not wanting to be left out, Manchester United went and lost a player to a red card as well. Juan Mata was sent off when they played West Brom on Sunday. Unfortunately for them, the game didn’t go as planned and lost 1-0 to the Baggies, goal courtesy of Salomon Rondon. It was West Brom’s first historic victory over United.
And then we have the Gunners, who are famous in losing matches that they should be winning. Arsenal had Francis Coquelin sent off in the second half (after collecting two yellow cards — one for a handball, and the other for bringing down an opponent). Thankfully, they drew 2-2 with their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs. Still, it should have been a victory for them if they had only managed to score one more goal. Or at least, maintained their 1-0 scoreline.
So… It seems that playing with ten men was quite popular over the weekend. But not everyone is like Barcelona who can actually play the remaining minutes of a game with ten men and still win the game with a 6- 1 result over Villanovense. Click link for article. Talk about arrogance! I wonder though, is playing with ten men better than the original strength of 11 men?